08/26/2005 11:00PM

Sire gets 8 debut winners


Freshman sire Forest Camp has gotten off to a sharp start. He has eight winners from his first crop, and all of those won at first asking, said Brereton Jones, owner of Airdrie Stud, where Forest Camp stands.

"In all the years I've been in the horse business, I've never seen any sire have eight consecutive first-time starters win," Jones said. "And they're from Del Mar to Saratoga and from Japan to Puerto Rico."

Forest Camp's progeny so far include two stakes-placed runners, The Pharaoh and Hello Liberty.

For breeders, the main question is whether that unusual feat will mean that Forest Camp's $15,000 fee will go up for 2006.

"We haven't thought about that yet," Jones said. "The most important thing now is to see how they do in their later starts."

Jones said Forest Camp covered 106 mares in 2005.